Open source and Internet of Things can save public sector millionsQedward (2499046) writes "Open source software and the Internet of Things are two of the disruptive approaches which can save the public sector during the UK government's austerity measures and lay the ground to deliver next generation digital services, Camden Council CIO John Jackson believes.
Local government organisations are approaching a critical tipping point which could save the public sector and the taxpayer billions, Jackson said.
Camden has to save £150 million between 2012 and 2018 from its bottom line while at the same time delivering fundamental transformation to tackle inequality, foster economic growth and deliver citizen centric services, Jackson explained as he outlined the council's challenges.
"But there's lots of cynicism around open source and the art of the possible, particularly in the CIO community who want to buy things off the shelf and are too worried about security, Jackson said."
"We need to harness the potential of open source. Don't outsource IT, crowdsource it.""
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